Maori performing arts credits count towards university entry

Students studying Maori performing arts at NCEA (national certificate of educational achievement) level will now have their credits count towards university entrance as part of efforts by the New Zealand Ministry of Education to ensure parity of Maori knowledge in the education system, writes Meeriana Johnsen for RNZ.

Thirty secondary schools and wharekura will be piloting Te Ao Haka, a new Maori performing arts subject, which was launched recently by the Ministry of Education at Pipitea Marae. Its deputy secretary of early learning and student achievement, Ellen MacGregor-Reid, said thousands of young people were already studying Maori performing arts, but the subject was only unit standards, so did not count towards achieving university entrance. She said changing this was a step forward to ensuring parity of Maori knowledge in the education system.

“The changes address recommendations, made during the 2018 review of NCEA, that te reo Maori, tikanga Maori (Maori way of doing things), and matauranga Maori (Maori knowledge) are valued and supported in the curriculum and NCEA in the same way as English language and culture.
Full report on the RNZ site